Poor measurement of talent quality

How often do you find yourself retuning a meal at a restaurant? Not that often, right? In fact, it’s usually only when the food has a pretty big issue: maybe it tastes terrible or is severely under-cooked. I think this serves as a perfect analogy for involuntary turnover.

Some HR leaders use the involuntary turnover metric as a measure of success. However, we often only resort to letting someone go when it’s a very obvious misstep. But when employees are not truly assessed for quality, many of the lesser quality hires (inefficient workers, poor fit for the role, or poor culture fits) are kept to dawdle away precious company time and resources.

And just like the range in quality we find with restaurant food, the range of quality in employees varies greatly. With meals, sometimes you have a simple dinner out that you have pretty much forgotten by the next day. It wasn’t fantastically delicious or wonderfully memorable. It was just a meal (where you didn’t send back your plate). Other times, perhaps you enjoy an amazing feast that wowed you with gorgeous plating and scrumptious taste combinations; a meal you remember years later. And so is the range of quality in employees. There is the rockstar performer who sets the bar high, making great leadership decisions and propelling the company forward, versus the lollygag follower who stomps into work performing the bare minimum of necessary duties.

When relying on involuntary turnover as a form of talent measurement, you and other HR leaders are unable to distinguish between a run-of-the-mill meal and 3-star Michelin rated feast. So how can you better assess your workforce using other data-driven means?

At Harver, our pre-hire assessments backed by decades of industrial-organizational psychology can help you identify the best fit for any role. Going back to our restaurant analogy, having objective data on a candidate’s skills, traits, and more can accurately predict how good your meal will be before you even order. Plus, our automated reference checking solution enables getting more reference feedback from more people in less time. It’s like having a wealth of restaurant reviews available to guide your final hiring decisions.

We all need to do a better job of measuring the quality of talent if we want our organizations to rise to the next level. We started Harver to provide ways to hire better and faster that go way beyond involuntary turnover. Think how grey the world would be if the only measure of the quality of food was based on whether a plate was returned to the kitchen.

Schedule a call today to learn more about how your organization can improve quality of hire and reduce involuntary attrition.

Harver Team

Harver Team

Posted on:
August 10, 2023

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